Law School

An Open Letter to Dorothy Depalo: Re: Infilaw

Dorothy Depalo works for Infilaw. Infilaw doesn’t really have anything to do with the law, other than it’s a private equity company that owns a bunch of ABA-accredited law schools. Dorothy sent me an email earlier today asking for my considered opinion on a variety of Infilaw company “law schools”. Naturally, I rated them all…

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A Letter to a 1L Law Student

This page provides a lot of information. At this point in your education, my recommendation is: Keep debt to a minimum. If you graduate with significant debt from law school or combination of law school and undergrad, you are going to have a very difficult time. Do not take out loans unless absolutely necessary. Figure…

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USNWR Rankings Out: Law School Debt Figures Climb

Legal academics, law students, and prospective law students are pouring over the latest US News law school even if they say they aren’t. For me – who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School but started law school at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law – the…

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Law School Scam: Spreading to Higher Education

Paul Campos, who has been a keen observer of the law school scam, has an excellent article on the general bubble in higher ed. A reckoning is coming… I’ve written elsewhere about the problem of the law school scam. Too many people are taking on too much non-dischargeable debt in order to then get law…

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Should I go to UNC Law school?

I’m a graduate of the University of North Carolina Law School at Chapel Hill. As I have written elsewhere, few are applying to law school and that’s a good thing. I’ve also written about my experiences in attending law school, graduating, and establishing a law practice. I was profiled by MSNBC in 2011. Required Reading…

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Advancing the Public Discourse

Meet Bernie Burk, assistant professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bernie doesn’t like it when you say the current sad state of law schools or abysmal employment prospects for recent law school grads is a crisis or a disaster. This is what Burk had to say recently on the…

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Few are applying to law school. That’s a Good Thing!

From time to time, I’ve written here about the problems of law school education. It turns out that tens of thousands of Americans are reaching the same conclusion that I have about the amount of time, effort, and money that goes into legal education. Whereas in other counties, legal education is chiefly accomplished through an…

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Starting a Solo Practice – A Seminar

You probably don’t need to be told that this is the worst hiring environment for recently licensed (and even experienced) attorneys in… forever. A few statistics: Law schools are graduating 45,000 lawyers each year for what the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates are about 25,000 new jobs. Average recent law grad educational debt is more…

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The Terrible Legal Market

First, congratulations to those who passed the North Carolina Bar. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends. Last year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American economy created 25,000 new jobs requiring a JD. More than 40,000 graduated from law school. That same imbalance was true, more or less, of 2008, 2009, 2010,…

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